Amidst the jubilation of Champions League semifinal progress defeating Premier League counterparts Manchester City, Liverpool will now have to concentrate on their weekend tie against AFC Bournemouth as they still have some unfinished business in the league in order to clinch a ‘top four’ finish, thus, securing a place in next season’s Champions League football.
The Cherries have been an impressive side since earning their promotion under Eddie Howe. The Reds were thoroughly troubled by them the last term but have shown their supremacy this season following a dominating 4-0 triumph at Dean Court. Bournemouth are almost certain to avoid a demotion and fighting for a top half finish. The Reds, on the other hand, need at least 9 points from 5 remaining fixtures as of now and the Anfield outing against the Dorset outfit should take them inches closer to a Champions League berth unless they fumble and bottle it like the previous campaign.
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Injuries And Suspension:
The Reds are set to miss the services of Emre Can and Joel Matip who are ruled out for the campaign. Adam Lallana is unlikely to return anytime soon following his thigh injury whereas Joe Gomez is still recovering from his ankle sprain.
In-form Junior Stanislas’ knee injury has been a massive blow for Bournemouth who is ruled out for the season whereas Adam Smith is still a month away from returning to action. Tyrone Mings is unavailable due to the lack of match fitness but the return of ex-Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe must be a massive boost following his impressive run of form of late.
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Probable Lineups:
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Danny Ings, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominic Solanke.
Subs: Artur Boruc, Marc Pugh, Andrew Surman, Jermain Defoe, Lys Mousset, Brad Smith, Harry Arter.
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Anfield ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Benik Afobe earned a surprise lead for the visitors which was then canceled out by Philippe Coutinho late in the first-half. Divock Origi then put the Reds ahead in the second half but could not secure three points as Joshua King notched a late equalizer and snatched a point from a tricky away encounter.
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Key Players:
Liverpool will once again rely on the red-hot front trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who are tearing their opponents’ apart week in week out.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, have veteran Jermain Defoe, Joshua King, and Callum Wilson who can hit back on the counter also wingman Ryan Fraser, who has been thoroughly impressive by scoring goals and creating opportunities.
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Head-To-Head Stats:
Liverpool Win: 8
Bournemouth Win: 1
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Current Form (In All Competitions):
AFC Bournemouth: D-D-W-L-D
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
AFC Bournemouth: 11
Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth Live Streaming:
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